Sam Wilson

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Name: Samuel "Sam" Thomas Wilson
Occupation: Superhero
Relationships: Steve Rogers (friend/ally), Jim Wilson (nephew), Gideon Wilson (brother), Sarah Casper (sister), Jody Casper (niece)
Fandom: Marvel Comics, The Avengers (Marvel), Captain America, Captain America Movieverse, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show, The Avengers: United They Stand, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
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Sam Wilson, full name Samuel Thomas Wilson, sometimes nicknamed "Snap," is the alter ego of the Falcon and a main character in the Captain America and the Avengers comics, on the television shows The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble, and in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


He was the first African American superhero in mainstream comics, first appearing in Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe he is played by Anthony Mackie.



Sam Wilson was introduced to the MCU in Captain America: The Winter Soldier portrayed by Anthony Mackie, where he is a United States Air Force Pararescue veteran and currently works at the Washington D.C. V.A. hospital. He meets Steve Rogers while out jogging, and later helps Steve, Natasha Romanoff, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill fight a Hydra faction within SHIELD. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Sam becomes officially part of the Avengers.

Mackie has reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and the TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Television Shows

Falcon has appeared as a main character in The Avengers: United They Stand, The Super Hero Squad Show, Avengers Assemble and appeared in as a supporting or guest character in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, and Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers and Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers.


See also: Captain America Movieverse

Though Sam has appeared regularly in Marvel comics and other media since his introduction in 1969, he was rarely the focus of fannish interest before the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. After that movie's release, however, his popularity skyrocketed, particularly on tumblr. Very quickly controversy arose over perceptions of racism affecting fanon surrounding his character.

Common Tropes

We're Up All Night to Get Bucky, by Countess-Chocula
  • Sam is Everyone's Therapist: Post-The Winter Soldier where Sam acts as The Avengers' (and other significant others) therapist due to his career path as a counselor to veterans with PTSD prior to joining up with Steve. This is mostly applied to Steve, Bucky, Natasha, Clint, but many others in various fanworks are often shown or mention talking to Sam.
  • Up All Night To Get Bucky: Post-The Winter Soldier, Sam and Steve and sometimes Natasha go on a roadtrip to bring Bucky back for deprogramming. Examples:
  • Wingfic: Sam has actual wings and/or is an angel. Examples:
  • Matchmaker: Sam is often put in the position of setting up Bucky and Steve.
    • There is usually some mention of 'crazy/stupid/dumb white boys' in these sorts of fics.
    • This is another version of the Black Best Friend [1] trope.
    • There is an AO3 tag "Sam Wilson is a Good Bro," [2] which seems to have many fics where Sam is a supporting character, sometimes to the point of being an emotional crutch, used to further the storylines of other characters, usually Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes.

Common Pairings

(in roughly descending order of popularity)

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Het pairings:


Notable Fanworks

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